I started taking a class online about Autism, and it's like watching home videos of Summy as a child. (By the way, the modules are FABULOUS and free, and I highly recommend them to anyone wanting to learn more about Autism. Find them HERE.) It's led to tearful nights, and arguing with myself, and a lot of uncertainty. I just don't know if we should push forward to meet with someone about it or not. About 6 months ago, we expressed our fears to the boys' EI teacher, and she asked us this question: "If Summy is diagnosed as Autistic, will it change what you are doing now?" The answer is a resounding no. However, I can't help that nagging feeling that returns: what if we should be doing more?
(By the way, as a special needs parent, you are ALWAYS asking this. Hell, any parent, really.)
With the advent of the new DSM, Asperger's and other "types" of Autism will go away and Autism will be diagnosed on a scale of severity. Hopefully too Sensory Processing Disorder will be an official diagnosis as well. (Support that cause HERE) I guess I am left questioning: what is it? Sensory Processing, or Autism too?
SPD parents out there, do you find yourself ever asking this question? If you have a child on the spectrum, when were they diagnosed, and what triggered you to speak with a specialist?